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Happenings in association with Guinness Open Gate Brewery is set to host a series of three open-air screenings on August 29, September 5 and 19. The Dublin based pop-up cultural events company are famous for their open air cinema.

The Guinness Open Gate Brewery is the experimental brewery at St. James’s Gate where the Guinness brewers can brew up anything they dream up. Consumers can visit from Thursday to Saturday and try a range of experimental beers, only available in the brewery, and delicious bites from the new kitchen on site.

For the first time ever, the Guinness Gates are being opened to a special cinematic experience with the chance to enjoy a big-screen open air moment in the heart of the working brewery, a truly unique opportunity.

The movies will range from iconic classics, to nostalgic throwbacks and homegrown modern favourites. First up will be the original and best Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the 1971 classic starring Gene Wilder. This will be followed by Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey’s rhythmic and romantic Dirty Dancing, featuring the Academy Award winning song (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.  The final screening will be Sing Street, the 2016 coming of age comedy-drama set in 1980’s Dublin and featuring an all-star Irish cast and crew.

All three screenings will also feature exciting new beers, available exclusively and for a limited time, brewed up by the team at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery, the home to all beer innovation and experimentation at St. James’s Gate.

The beers will be enjoyed alongside Cornude Artisan Popcorn. Made here in The Liberties by food adventurer Ruth, it is not mass-produced or put through factory processes, but made to order in her artisan kitchen with ingredients that are full of gorgeous, hand-picked taste combinations which have palates poppin’ at every turn. Meanwhile the Guinness Open Gate Brewery kitchen will also be open for all screenings and serving delicious ‘cinema snack’ themed dishes for all to enjoy, under the direction of executive chef Sean Hunter.

Tickets cost €12.80 and include access to one screening and a pint or paddle of choice from the Guinness Open Gate Brewery selection of both limited edition innovation brews and classic beers such as Guinness Draught.

Tickets go on-sale on August 22 and will be available from Happenings Usheru page https://happenings.usheru.com/the-festival

Happenings at Guinness Open Gate Brewery is a strictly over 18s event.

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Happy Christmas Eve everybody.

It's the night before the big day and most of us are hastily wrapping last-minute presents or in the pub but by tonight, it'll be time to relax.

And what better to relax with then a good aul Irish movie?

RTE has come to the rescue again tonight with the perfect choice to settle down in front of – Sing Street.

If you haven't seen it, then you're in for a treat.

Set in 1980's Dublin, the movie follows teenage Conor as grapples with his parents divorce and having to move to the rough-and-tumble Christian Brothers school.

When he meets the mysterious Raphina, he decides to set up a band to woo her – with hilarious results.

It's jammed back with cool 80's tunes, brilliant costumes and a real feeling of nostalgia – what more could you want?

Also, the band's video for Riddle of the Model is not only seriously funny but actually quite a good song.

Sit back and crack open a box of Quality Street – you won't regret it. 



Across Ireland, people have spent the long weekend enjoying that glorious sunshine.

Everywhere from the local park to the canal has been jam-packed with friends and families embracing the summer.

However, after a weekend of barbecues, day-trips and sunbathing, sometimes all you want to do is curl up on the sofa and watch a family film (once the sun goes in that is.

The sun is due to set at 9 pm, and one of the greatest Irish movies is on at 9.30pm, the timing couldn’t be more perfect!

You have to tune into the marvellous Sing Street is on RTÉ One tonight at 9:30 pm

The award-winning movie is set in Dublin during the 1980s.

The film follows the life of teenager Conor as he struggles to adapt to his new life in public school, as well as dealing with his parents troubled relationship, money problems and school bullies.

As a way to cope with the dull realities of teenage life, Conor decides to start a band with his school pals. 

The movie features music from the biggest bands of the 80s, including  Duran Duran, The Cure, Spandau Ballet and The Jam.

This uplifting Irish movie will leave your heart feeling full and your head full of the sounds of the 80s.

It’s the perfect bank holiday movie.

Tune into Sing Street at 9:30 pm tonight on RTÉ One – it's something to do while you're slathering on the after sun. 


John Carney's newest offering Sing Street is already generating a huge Irish buzz ahead of its release this week, but it's been making waves on the other side of the pond too.

The film, set in 1980s Dublin and telling the story of an awkward teen (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who starts his own band to impress a girl (Lucy Boynton), has been doing the international film festival circuit over the last few months – and it happened to catch the eye of one very famous rapper.

After seeing Sing Street over in the US, hip-hop legend Jay-Z was apparently so impressed that he personally made contact with Carney.

"John [Carney] got an email from Jay-Z to say he loved the movie," 16-year-old Walsh-Peelo told the Irish Independent this week.

And it seems Bey's husband wasn't the only musician who was impressed with the film, which features tunes from bands like Duran Duran, The Cure and Spandau Ballet.

"[At the premiere] Sting was sitting next to me… apparently he loved the movie," Walsh-Peelo added.

Sing Street doesn't get its official cinema release here until March 17, but it was the opening film for last month's Jameson Dublin Film Festival, and it received a massive standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah back in January.

"It’s kind of a memoir of my days in school, and a school band back in the Eighties in Dublin," says Carney.

Check out the trailer below: